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Thank you for your interest. Geoff & Diane.

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3 Heol Pen'Rallt
Machynlleth, SY20 8AG

(01654) 700559

We're an independent gallery bookshop based in Machynlleth, mid Wales. It's our blend of bookshop, selling a carefully selected collection of reads and pick-up-and-flick-through books – and gallery space to inspire you while you're browsing. We host events too, book readings, author talks, photography and art openings. 

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In addition to showcasing the work of local and emerging photographers, we run writing workshops and hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays' (and, occasionally, other times in the week). We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth, Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.  


SATURDAY 7 JULY IS SMALL PRESS DAY

Like comics? Come and celebrate Small Press Day at Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, where local artist Nicky Arscott, founder of Mother Mary Press, will be setting up her workshop and drawing comics live! She will also be launching the crowdfunder for a new project to turn the poetry of Eric Ngalle Charles, originally from Cameroon and now settled in Cardiff, into a bilingual (English / Welsh) educational comic for schools across the UK (supported by Wales PEN Cymru and Why? Comics).

 nicky will be here drafting out ideas for the new zine-poetry pamphlet with poet Eric Ngalle Charles

nicky will be here drafting out ideas for the new zine-poetry pamphlet with poet Eric Ngalle Charles

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AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT EVENT WITH ANTHONY ROBINSON AND ANNEMARIE YOUNG, CUSTOMERS HAVE BOUGHT AND DONATED COPIES OF YOUNG PALESTINIANS SPEAK: LIVING UNDER OCCUPATION TO LOCAL SCHOOLS WHICH WE WILL BE DELIVERING IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

THANK YOU!

Young Palestinians Speak provides a platform for children and young people, from all over this occupied land.  Through this book these young people share with you their dreams and fears for themselves and their country, and in so doing lay open their humanity and offer the hope for a brighter future in Palestine.
They describe family life, they mourn for fathers and brothers in prison, for relatives beyond forbidden checkpoints whom they are unable to see due to travel restrictions. They describe their neighbourhoods being shelled by Israeli soldiers, raw sewage pumped into their families’ fields, siblings beaten or imprisoned for throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers or owning a toy gun.
Their teachers and parents reveal difficulties with learning, problems with aggression and withdrawal, and nightmares that speak to ongoing trauma. Yet at the same time, Palestinian children are much like children everywhere: they talk about their favourite books, foods, and football teams. They organise school plays and argue with siblings about clothes; they chat with relatives on Facebook and play video games with friends who live half a world away.


We are grateful to Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru / Welsh Books Council for their financial support for our outreach events.


The Transformative Power of Words (this successful series of poetry workshops is now finished)
a series of four, stand-alone, workshops with visiting poet and educator, Lindy Newns, who writes:

Poetry can terrify and console. Find an intimacy with words, perhaps to make a poem, and you will find out more about yourself, about the power of pauses, about other people through their words. We say the words and let associations curl from between them; images play on the screens of our imagination. Until, almost by chance, we find a poem.

We will examine existing writing as poetry and try our hand at writing our own, exploring the way writers of poems can use structure and imagery to write something which may 'terrify' or 'console', but will certainly open you up to the potential of the written (and spoken) word and give you the chance to let your creativity soar.

The four sessions each take a theme: Caring, Conflict, Protest and, to end on a positive, Celebration. With a range of dates, including one Saturday and different weekdays, variously in our new photography gallery, the bookshop and the MoMA cafe, the sessions are planned to be accessible and inspiring.


Thursday 22nd March 2018, 1.30 - 3.30pm
Theme: Caring

Venue: MoMA Machynlleth, Y Tabernacl coffee shop

Thursday 12th April 2018, 1.30 - 3.30pm
Theme: Conflict
Venue: Ffotogaleri y Gofeb, Machynlleth


Saturday 21st April 2018, 10.30 - 12.30pm - FOLLOWED BY A READING FROM POEMS FOR GRENFELL TOWER  - 12.30pm - 1pm
Theme: Protest

Venue: Ffotogaleri y Gofeb, Machynlleth

the local reading from Poems for Grenfell Tower will follow Lindy Newns poetry workshop. Lindy's work features in the anthology alongside many other poets moved by and connected to the tragedy - almost a year ago. Poems were invited in any language and up to 50 lines long, and then selected blind by a small review panel. The resulting collection includes 62 poems, four of them not in English but with translations.
David Lammy M.P. in his introduction to the book writes:
"Poems for Grenfell Tower encourages readers to listen and bear witness to the human cost of Grenfell. The poems are able to express the scale of loss, in a way that prose is not able to do — from the empty school chair invoked in Michael Rosen’s piece, to Rachel Burns’s ‘In a Hotel Room, A Father Sits Alone’. Unlike countless newspaper articles and reports in the media, poetry goes some of the way in allowing the reader to understand what is really missing — a child in a schoolroom, a much loved daughter."

meet in the bookshop, before heading up to ffotogaleri y gofeb for the reading - the anthology 'Poems for Grenfell' is available in the bookshop, £10, all royalties to the Grenfell Foundation.

Tuesday 24th April 2018, 10.30 - 12.30pm
Theme: Celebration

Venue: meet in Y Tabernacl coffee shop, MoMA, Machynlleth - the workshop will use the Tannery Gallery Exhibition as a resource

FREE - unwaged/low waged - although space is not limited it helps us if you can call or email if you plan to come along
waged - donation, suggested amount £4 per session

 

WRITING WORKSHOPS/GWEITHDAI YSGRIFENNU

are programmed twice a year - please get in touch to find out more about the next set of workshops
If you write, or would like to write, from life - memoir, biography, travel writing, nature writing, family history - come along to our monthly guided writing workshops in Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop. (Bydd y sesiynau yn cael eu cynnal yn Saesneg, ond gobeithio y gall y cynghorion, technegau, ymarferion a syniadau gael eu cymhwyso i ysgrifennu mewn unrhyw iaith.)

  • Your tutor will offer tips, techniques and writing exercises.

  • Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop will offer tea, biscuits and an inspiring environment.

  • Your fellow scribes will provide company, encouragement and new ideas.

  • Four monthly workshops on the second Tuesday.

£10 per session (£36 for all four paid in advance).

Your tutor: Helen Pendry has taught writing in Higher Education for many years and has also worked as an associate editor. With the support of a Literature Wales bursary, she is currently working on a novel which combines historical biography and fiction.


PAST EVENT

Saturday 18 February - Saturday 1 April 2017
curated for MOMA MACHYNLLETH
THE DROVERS' ROADS OF WALES
AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS
Fay Godwin's, 'The Drovers' Roads of Wales', with Shirley Toulson was published in 1977, early on in a career that spanned 30 years of unmatched photographic book production and exhibiting. Diane and Geoff have made a selection of vintage photographs, from those made by Fay Godwin, for the classic book, The Drovers' Roads of Wales (1977). These have been loaned from the National Library of Wales who purchased the set in 1987. It is 40 years since that original exhibition at the Anthony Stokes Gallery, London and Oriel Bookshop, Cardiff that later toured by The Photographers' Gallery, London. These were in the Pulpit Room gallery at MOMA MACHYNLLETH.

A Day Conference in The Tabernacle, MoMA Machynlleth was organised by Penrallt Gallery Bookshop

It made my input a real pleasure with your enthusiasm and sincere admiration for Fay’s work. I was very pleased to have delivered the opening paper, and I too received some lovely comments from people, which makes it all worthwhile.
— Dr Geraldine Alexander - Fay Godwin biographer and archivist

AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS surveyed Fay Godwin's landscape work immediately preceding The Drovers Roads and over the ensuing 30 years. We invited major figures in British landscape photography, family members and associates of Fay Godwin, writers and art historians who remember her and her work, to each select an image and write an accompanying extended caption. New silver gelatin, selenium toned prints of this selection have been made especially for this exhibition by her one-time printer Peter Cattrell using the original negatives, released for the purpose by the British Library.

FAY GODWIN . . . AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS - A re-titled touring exhibition of this part of the project contextualised by the extended captions written by the selectors provide an unusual, refreshing and very personal appraisal of a life-time's work. Do get in touch if you would like to know more and/or have suggestions for small public or private galleries, educational and other institutions who we might contact as we plan the tour during the coming three years. A showing of Malachite Films 'Don't Fence Me In' shown earlier this month (January 2018) at The British Library, could also be included.



 

ABOUT OUR Regular EVENTS

Besides the exhibition openings and gallery talks, we host monthly readings and discussions on the First Thursday of each month.  Entry is free, with homemade cake, cheese scones and hot drinks provided. They are always well supported, so try to book early.

First Thursdays are popular not only with our customers but with the authors too, who find the intimate atmosphere and knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences very much to their liking. These are sociable events, where people have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Some of the readings are in Welsh, some bi-lingual and some in English.

During the annual Mach Comedy Festival on May Day bank holiday weekend, we have a Lazy Sunday Morning event, with one of the performers from the festival who loves books.  So far, this has included Josie Long, Rob Newman and Nat Luurtsema, Bridget Christie. These again are free, and usually packed! The Comedy Festival is great for Machynlleth – it's really well organised and at least doubles the population of the town. To find out more.


 

Summer is a time for festivals, and Machynlleth has its share, which we support with specially themed on-site bookstalls. It is also time to celebrate independent bookshops, so this week we are joining with local Menter Maldwyn in a new venture:

SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018
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CHILDREN'S LITERARY FESTIVAL

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we'll be at Canolfan Owain Glyndwr, MACHYNLLETH, with our bookstall all afternoon.
WITH BRILLIANT PICTURE BOOKS AND ACTIVITY BOOKS FOR YOUNGSTERS on caring for nature and the environment, with lots of IDEAS FOR THE ADULTS TO INSPIRE THEM
2 - 5pm, SATURDAY, 23 JUNE, 2018

do come to visit us there

 


We took a bookstall to the study day 'From Gawain to the Graphic Novel' on Saturday, 9 June, 2018.

Later this year Clive Hicks-Jenkin's artwork, currently on show in MoMA, Machynlleth, will accompany Faber & Faber's new edition of Simon Armitage's 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'. Copies can be pre-ordered through us.

  from the series Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - artist Clive Hicks-jenkins

from the series Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - artist Clive Hicks-jenkins